Here's some chill tracks to get you through those Monday blues
Cure those damn Monday feels with tunes from Feki, Jordan Rakei and Owen Rabbit.
Mondays. They're tough, we get it. Luckily for you though, we've compiled a couple of relaxing, chilled-out tunes from some really rad electronic artists that we're vibing heavily with, to ease you with your post-weekend blues. Relax and enjoy.
Jordan Rakei (pictured above) - Talk To Me
Jordan Rakei is one of those artists that has been quietly bubbling away for a while now, but that doesn't mean his performance record isn't lengthy. He's appeared on Disclosure's sophomore album Caracal, supported Ta-Ku in his own barbershop for a Boiler Room session, supported live shows by NAO, Fat Feddy's Drop and currently, Haitus Kaiyote and to top it all off, has released a couple of real gems over the past few years to surprisingly little fanfare. Ahead of the release of his debut album, Rakei is really taking it up a notch with Talk To Me, a percussion-driven, piano-laden new single that blends elements of jazz, soul and electronica for quite a beautiful number. It has the blissful, flowing sound of Jordan Rakei's previous work but does it in what I feel is a more accessible fashion, toying with his jazz and hip-hop influences to create something that I'm sure will please his old fans, whilst at the same time opening up his sound to a whole other audience.
Xavier Dunn - Scattered (Feki Remix)
A man who now needs no introduction, Brisbane producer Feki broke into Australian electronic scene early last year and since, has been unavoidable. Taking on Xavier Dunn's Scattered for his latest remix venture, Feki adds his signature, chilled-out electronic sound to Dunn's soft, floating vocals. Opening with a light piano melody and Dunn's accompanying opening verse, Feki's remix of Scattered starts to heat up around the one-minute mark, where he injects a deep percussion line and orchestral-styled synth, which combine super smoothly to create a laid-back, peaceful tinge to the original's already chilled-out vibe.
Owen Rabbit - Weeds
Following up from his super popular break-out singles Holy Holy and Denny's, Melbourne-based producer Owen Rabbit has proved himself to be a force to look out for in 2016 too, returning with his new single Weeds. Weeds opens with a rather left-field, distorted synth line, which contrasts surprisingly well with Owen's soft-spoken vocals, but towards the middle of the single, Weeds really opens us with a Owen Rabbit going all out with powerful vocals, matching perfectly with strong synth explosions. I've never thought this combo would ever have to be said, but when the song switches up halfway though, Weeds suddenly becomes a single that almost sounds like a Rustie collaboration with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Renzor. On paper, this doesn't really sound that appealing, but trust me, on Weeds it manages to get pulled off well.
Miles De Carteret - Honey
Based out of Melbourne, Miles De Carteret is the collaborational project between young guns Miles De Carteret and Danny Barwick and armed with their debut single, Honey, De Carteret and co are a duo I feel we'll be hearing a bit more from in the future. Honey is a fantastic debut from the duo, blurring the lines between indie-rock and soft electronica with an upbeat, blissful chorus accompanied by a soft guitar melody, percussion and a dark, gradually building synth line. Miles de Carteret will be doing a couple of support shows with Ben Wright Smith, and their own headline shows to celebrate the release of their debut single. Check out the details HERE.
Ark Patrol - Soirée
Blending influences from soul and electronica, Boston-based producer Ark Patrol has returned with his new single Soirée. Despite not featuring any major vocal melodies, Soirée manages to ooze with passion and emotion, with a nostalgic, piano-dominated instrumental that plays with soft percussion, background vocal samples and light, delicate tinges of synth. It's laid-back and mellow, but still manages to keep you entertained despite lacking of in-your-face vocals, something that I think is crucial for those Monday comedown feels.
Anna Straker - Late Night Swimming
Another unexpectedly impressive debut single, Late Night Swimming is the first taste of London singer and song-writer Anna Straker. Brimming with light, summer vibes, Late Night Swimming plays with an incredibly unique sound, sporting a deep synth melody you would find in perhaps a more future-bass-styled tune, but instead, Late Night Swimming boasts more of a traditional, vocal-heavy electro-pop vibe. Synth aside, Late Night Swimming packs all the features you would expect in a break-out single, with Straker's sugary sweet, upbeat vocals pairing well with the single's darker instrumental, which also features a glistening background melody and restrained percussion.